A Tale of Two Cities is a historical novel by Charles Dickens. The plot centers around the years leading up to French Revolution, and culminates in the Jacobin reign of terror. It tells the story of two men, Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton, who look very alike, but are entirely different. Darnay is a romantic descended from French aristocrats, while Carton a cynical attorney. The two are in love with the same woman, Lucie Manette.
Other major characters in the book include Dr Manette (Lucie's father) and Madame Defarge, a female revolutionary with a grudge against Darnay's family.
The book has been adapted for the cinema several times::
- 1907, director unknown
- 1911, directed by William Humphrey
- 1917, directed by Frank Lloyd
- 1922, directed by W. Courtney Rowden
- 1935, directed by Jack Conway and Robert Z. Leonard (uncredited)
- 1958, directed by Ralph Thomas
- A Tale of Two Cities - searchable, indexed e-text.